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Darrell Steinberg


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1998 Democratic AD-09 66867 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic AD-09 75953 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic AD-09 58883 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic SD-06 115628 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic SD-06 137012 Win

Candidate Biography:

Darrell S. Steinberg
Born: October 15, 1959 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Julie
Children: Jordana & Ari

1985-1994: Employee Rights Attorney, California State Employees Association
1992-1998: Member, Sacramento City Council
1994-1998: Administrative Law Judge, State of California
2000-2002: Member, California Judicial Council
2004: Proponent, Proposition 61 [Children's Hospital Bond] (Passed; 58.3%)
2008-2014: President pro Tempore, California State Senate
2009: Proponent, Proposition 1E [Mental Health Services Funding] (Failed; 33.6%)
2009: Second in line of Succession of the State of California (see note #2)
2015-2016: Director of Policy and Advocacy, UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
2016: Proponent, Proposition 50 [Members of the Legislature: suspension] (Passed; 75.6%)
2016-Present: Mayor, City of Sacramento

  • AWARD: Winner (with Karen Bass, Dave Cogdill, and Mike Villines) of the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (2010).
  • LEGISLATION: Author, AB 1163 (1999) which provides $500,000 in matching funds to build a California Unity Center in Sacramento to illustrate the history of discrimination in California, help improve race relations and assist law enforcement in investigating hate crimes. [Chapter 575/Statutes of 1999] 
  • In 2009, following the resignation of John Garamendi, Steinberg announced that he would not be assuming the title of "Acting Lieutenant Governor", but would allow Garamendi Chief of Staff Mona F. Pasquil to serve as "Interim Lieutenant Governor". As an interim officeholder, Pasquil administered most of the duties of Lieutenant Governor's office, but did not have the authority to be a part of the Gubernatorial line of succession, in which case the seat would shift to Steinberg until a new Lieutenant Governor is confirmed. 
  • LOCKDOWN: In 2009, Steinberg used a legislative lockdown in the State Senate for 45.5 hours to force Republicans in the house to approve the state budget.

Source: California Blue Book (2000)
Source: "The Judicial Council of California: Membership" by the Judicial Council of California (accessed 5/30/2012)